Dog owner hit pensioner in the face in row

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A pensioner was hit in the face after a argument broke out with a neighbour over a dog.

The victim had gone to ask a neighbour not to leave the back door to flats open for his dog, a magistrates’ court was told.

Antony Hodgson, 47, of Progress Court, Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to assault.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the 69-year-old victim, who suffered from heart problems, went to talk to Hodgson about leaving the flat door open for his dog on July 27.

She went to his open doorway and told him the council had said the back door should be closed overnight.

Hodgson swore at her and tried to shut his door, the court heard.

The victim stopped it shutting in her face.

Hodgson then pushed out with the palm of his hand hitting the pensioner on the cheek, causing a small bruise.

Tony O’Brien, defending, said: “He admits he should not have acted as quickly as he did.

“He told her he did not want to speak any more, but she did not go away.

“His dog is his company.

“He just wants to be left alone.”

Hodgson was ordered to pay compensation of £50 to his victim and fined £110 with £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

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